All in Disabilities

See Me? See My AAC

I know it has been a long time since I posted on the blog when I can not remember my log in password. I have many topics for blog posts floating around in my head; I haven't made writing a priority this last month.

I am going to ease back into blogging. Nathaniel and I participated in a week long challenge to share photos that represent the hash tag #seemeseemyaac. The goal of the Facebook campaign was to bring awareness of alternative and augmented communication. People participated from all over the world. Pretty cool. Here are our photos and the snippets of information I shared with each photo about our AAC efforts.

She Said My Son's Disabilities Will Create Classroom Managment Issues

I shared on my personal Facebook wall that we received our first rejection notice from a private Christian school for Nathaniel’s enrollment next fall. Someone commented, “I get how the school could make that determination. If they don't have a special education program with self-contained classrooms, then Nathaniel would have to be placed in a regular classroom. His medical needs and communication would most likely create classroom management issues.” The school’s reason "Our methodologies do not allow for a child to have a disability in the area of communication,” was the first hard blow of the day. The comment was a second and harder blow.

Hand Surgery Check Up

Nathaniel saw the hand surgeon today. It has been almost a year since surgery to rotate his right thumb and six months since our last check up. The surgeon is very happy with the placement of the thumb and Nathaniel's ability to do the pincher grasp with the right hand now, something he was not able to do prior to surgery. Nathaniel's right hand will probably not be his dominate hand; we expected that. But surgery has created a very useful support hand.

We have been working on hand strength for months in occupational therapy. Nathaniel struggles to pull up his pants or separate pop beads. The right thumb, while in a good position now, lacks normal muscle structure. Surgery included splicing a muscle on the pinky side of the hand and bringing it over to the thumb to increase muscle support. Nathaniel has a curled pinky finger as a result of relocating the muscle.